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Yah Hey! The all original No Bling-Speed is ready to ride. I just had to revive the ol' RH to trail worthy standards(kinda). Everything is pretty cheapo based on the mtbreview standards. Most parts old stuff, other parts donated , and of course some new! This puppy fits like an old glove. Except for the monstously wide handle bars i put on.
Specs if you care.
Rockhopper 00 frame.
marz 85mm mx comp fork.
Brakes ( LX swervo B.S. levers with deore v-brake calipers)
weinmann(old stock) wheels. Cheap but thanks to my wonderous wheel truing skills they still work.
front hub deore/ rear hub (stock) specialized with 17t cog.
deore cranks with stock 32 chainring.
XTR chain.
DMR sts tensioner.
WTB primal raptor 2.0 front
scorpion 2.0 rear(thanks Jen, kinda sketchy looking tread for out here but it will work!)
Sun ringle platforms.
dia-comp aheadset(shot stock)
azonic 28" x 2 " bars.
tahoma stem 120mm.
lizard skin grips.
titec post.
salsa collar.
WTB Rocket v saddle.
I think thats all.
See ya on the trails!
 

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E ! said:
Yah Hey! The all original No Bling-Speed is ready to ride. I just had to revive the ol' RH to trail worthy standards(kinda). Everything is pretty cheapo based on the mtbreview standards. Most parts old stuff, other parts donated , and of course some new! This puppy fits like an old glove. Except for the monstously wide handle bars i put on.
Specs if you care.
Rockhopper 00 frame.
marz 85mm mx comp fork.
Brakes ( LX swervo B.S. levers with deore v-brake calipers)
weinmann(old stock) wheels. Cheap but thanks to my wonderous wheel truing skills they still work.
front hub deore/ rear hub (stock) specialized with 17t cog.
deore cranks with stock 32 chainring.
XTR chain.
DMR sts tensioner.
WTB primal raptor 2.0 front
scorpion 2.0 rear(thanks Jen, kinda sketchy looking tread for out here but it will work!)
Sun ringle platforms.
dia-comp aheadset(shot stock)
azonic 28" x 2 " bars.
tahoma stem 120mm.
lizard skin grips.
titec post.
salsa collar.
WTB Rocket v saddle.
I think thats all.
See ya on the trails!
I'll bet Redmon's dingle-spoon that your stem is a 135mm?
 

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jmitchell said:
I'll bet Redmon's dingle-spoon that your stem is a 135mm?
Dingle and spoon in the same sentence is just plain wrong.
 

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That looks cool Eric. I've been thinking about turning my old GT Karakoram into a SS. I'll have to talk to you about your project. Looks like you were able to keep it pretty low budget.
 

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I think it looks hot! I am absolutely addicted to riding single speed since I converted a Specialized S-Works hardtail this summer. Hope to see you on the trails! I'll be the one with a pink pig on my handlebars!

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Thanks guys for the comments and James..

jmitchell said:
I'll bet Redmon's dingle-spoon that your stem is a 135mm?
The stem is 120mm. An approximate length of a dinner spoon is 90mm. A dingle spoon on google turned up this. I think the information is incorrect. The dingle-peninsula should be located about 25-30 miles north and west of Bootleg canyon!
 

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The joke that will never die. I am not even sure where it came from and I don't know Redmon, but I feel bad for the guy.
 

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I had been watching this thread but just finally got around to taking a mug shot of my Specialized single speed. This was my 1st REAL mountain bike that I bought with my own money at a pawn shop back in about '90. It was very well used when I bought it so it must be mid- to late-80's. I fell in love with the sport on this bike which served me well for about 3 years until I got a new aluminum-framed bike. Ever-since she has been sitting in the garage attick collecting dust and being picked of all its working parts. So after more than 10 years of neglect, this last summer I fished it out and decided the best (and easiest and cheapest) way to bring her back to life was an ss conversion.

What I had to work with:
-circa mid-late 80's Specialized Hardrock chromoly frame & fork with "custom butting"
-original steel threaded 1" headset- badly worn & pitted but works
-original way old-school rear U-brake (surprisingly quite powerful)
-Kalloy quill stem

Added:
-Front wheel: Custom built-myself radially laced Mavic RM-20 with Nuke Proof carbon hub (0$-off of old seldom used bike)
-Rear wheel: Custom built unknown Mavic rim laced to a Rocky Mountain hub ($20 for hub online)
-Tires: 2.1 WTB Weirwolf Comp (F)($15 online), 2.0 Conti. Explorer (R)(0$-lying around)
-Kore Lite H-bars, brushed silver to match all the other silver parts ($18 online)
-no-name alloy brake levers from an old Jamis I found in a dumpster in Henderson. (0$)
-sq. taper Race Face titanium bb (0$ borrowed from seldom-used bike)
-Race face turbine crankset (0$ from seldom-used bike)
-No name 34t alloy chainring (15$ from LBS)
-Sram 18t cog from old cogset (0$)
-Homemade plexiglass disk chain guide made from scraps laying around the garage (0$)
-used Sram pc-59 8-speed chain (0$)
-Avid single digit front v-brake (0$-borrowed off another bike)
-No-name alloy seatpost (20$-LBS)
-Selle Flight saddle (0$-borrowed from old bike)

I think that's it. So with spare/borrowed parts lying around it only cost me about $90 to get it going. It runs perfectly now after some intitial derailment problems.

Having zero suspension means it is only fun on certain rides. I haven't tried it on any Vegas trails yet, but in the St. George area I can tell you that the Green Valley Loop aka Bear Paw Trail is an absolute riot on an ss, especially as an out and back. I actually prefer the ss on this trail over my Heckler as it's a fairly smooth trail and its easier to get momentum to fly up the rollers on the return trip. I tried the ss on the local race course loop here, but it wasn't very fun due mainly to abundant rocks and the consequent jackhammering effect. If only I could figure out a way to get a squishy fork on it. I want to try Gould/JEM/Hurricane loop next.
 

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tk421onthemic said:
. If only I could figure out a way to get a squishy fork on it. I want to try Gould/JEM/Hurricane loop next.
You should put that in the retro forum. Cool stuff and that rear brake is somethig. Have you checked around for some of those old rock shock mag???something forks? You might come up with something like that.
 

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Having zero suspension means it is only fun on certain rides. I haven't tried it on any Vegas trails yet, but in the St. George area I can tell you that the Green Valley Loop aka Bear Paw Trail is an absolute riot on an ss, especially as an out and back. I actually prefer the ss on this trail over my Heckler as it's a fairly smooth trail and its easier to get momentum to fly up the rollers on the return trip. I tried the ss on the local race course loop here, but it wasn't very fun due mainly to abundant rocks and the consequent jackhammering effect. If only I could figure out a way to get a squishy fork on it. I want to try Gould/JEM/Hurricane loop next.
Doesn't Marzocchi make a fork to fit these old bikes?
 

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Doesn't Marzocchi make a fork to fit these old bikes?
I think they do. that is an 'expensive" route to take. better off searching the classifieds and garage sales for an old fork.
P.s.- I'd ride it how it is,wherever it is ridable.
 

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I think they do. that is an 'expensive" route to take. better off searching the classifieds and garage sales for an old fork.
P.s.- I'd ride it how it is,wherever it is ridable.
Yeah, I think I'll wait for now. It would be a little pricey when you add a new headset & stem on top of the fork. What I'd really like to find is an old 1" fork that has the crown that clamps onto the stantions with allen bolts. Then, I could put something together with parts from old forks, thus staying true to the spirit of the rest of the bike: a total rig-job.
 
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